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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jan 29, 2014 8:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Atlanta - non GD

Just heard about the mess in Atlanta ... !!!!!

I know some of you folks live around there. Hope you and your loved ones are OK and not stuck in the cold (ice) and snow.

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jan 29, 2014 3:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

me and my snow flakes on April 17, 2013 in Fort Collins
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Colorado's historic flooding in September, 2013 was deadly and destructive - Fort Colllins barely dodged a bullet

Colorado's wildfires and drought for the past two years have been deadly and destructive - browse down the page

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Poster: DeadATL Date: Jan 29, 2014 11:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

I've been in Atlanta my entire life and I've never seen anything like it. Truly a perfect storm situation.

Thankfully I was working from home and didn't get stuck on the roads, but lots of folks were stuck in their cars for many hours, took shelter in churches, etc.

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jan 29, 2014 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

I came to visit my parents in ATL way back 20+ years ago at Christmas time and something very similar hit just after I arrived at their house. We were house bound for about a week - nothing like the whole family stuck inside, booze supply running low, nearly a catastrophe.

Seattle shuts down after 3 inches of snow. Cars abandoned on the side of the interstate. When I lived in CT I would always find a way to get home under any and all conditions. The abandoned car thing struck me as very odd.

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Poster: Diamondhead Date: Jan 29, 2014 3:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

You're right about Seattle. We're pathetic mostly. The city has gotten lots better in dealing with snow, but let's face it, practice makes perfect or at least good when you drive in the stuff. And we just don't see very much plus there is very little flat around here and a lot of steep. Otoh, we obsess over it a lot. :)

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Jan 29, 2014 12:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

I thought we had it bad in DC. Looks like the city just messed this thing up completely. A traffic jam on ice. Ugh. Makes me glad that I don't have to drive to work.

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 29, 2014 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

Thanks, we were fine. Luckily no interstates required for the commutes or the kids.

Sad part about this was it was mostly self-inflicted. Schools decided to open but then before a single snowflake fell, decided to close and gave everyone about an hours notice. This along with work closings (people were leaving anyways because they had to get their kids!) created a massive traffic jam before the roads even got bad or before they could get the 2 salt/sand trucks on the road. Then the roads got bad and the jam got worse.

If someone was willing to make a decision to close the schools the night before on the chance of snow, none of this would have happened. Ironically the roads around here are clear now but of course they closed the schools for tomorrow already.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 29, 2014 2:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

Good to hear, elb; I think you know I have new inlaws (Cedar Town) nearby these days...no issues there for them.

When we were in Maine for 2 yrs I was amazed at how well "it" worked; I NEVER had a delay, never a problem getting out of my driveway...the plows just zipped around, 24/7, whenever it snowed. Huge storm, no problem: 4 am, here came the plow...shovel out the connection from my driveway and I am off to campus. Flawless.

Of course, it's all about $$; as you go south from there if it happens less frequently, the cities don't buy as much of the equipment, takes longer, etc. And, of course, for Atl, why buy ANY of it? For one event ever 20 yrs ya'll can stay home and Bar B Que, eh?

Did you ever hear from Rob? Did you get my email?...just wondering. Maybe the storm's worse than you think.

;)

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Jan 29, 2014 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

Now can I interest you in this undercoating? Boy, it really pays for itself when the snow comes and you get that road salt, doncha' knonw?

http://www.hark.com/clips/tnyksjmhrx-a-fucking-liar

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Jan 29, 2014 2:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

I did get your email, congrats! Didn't hear from Robert. Been very busy the last few weeks and no signs of letting up for a few more, sorry for not responding.

The problem is that it isn't a 20 year event. We had a similar situation in 2011 and while they say they learned from it, apparently not enough. This was more a planning and leadership issue than a salt and sand one.

Yes staying home and BBQing would have been wise, too bad no on thought of that until after the snow started....

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 29, 2014 2:50pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

Good; email that is...no worries; he seemed lonely, eh? Har, har...hardly. Just making sure it got thru--he'll let us know when he's able.

Hmmm, didn't realize it was so bad--but, I actually am okay w the logic, ie, of not paying huge bucks so everything goes on normally when you then only use the service once in a great while (it is very expensive to buy all the trucks, etc., and the personnel, if not used every day).

But, you're the taxpayer...

;)

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Poster: Turnphilup to 11 Date: Jan 29, 2014 11:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

This pretty much says it all when it snows here. Thanks for your concern none the less. My family and all friends all made through safely.

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Poster: amosearle Date: Jan 29, 2014 3:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Atlanta - non GD

I got away from work with no worries and stopped at the hardware store and the Costco to get supplies. By the time I got out of there the traffic nightmare had started. It took me an hour to go the last two miles. I was lucky. I have coworkers who never made it home. Smoked a pork butt today and we're having neighbors over for dinner. Snow day party tonight as I'm out of work on Thursday as well. Listening to a little 1073 and 1979 these days. Still more Greensky than Dead, but the ipod was all over the map at the smoker today.